By Sahid Fawaz

Most people probably think of "sick leave" as having to do with physical ailments.

But mental health is increasingly being recognized on par with physical health when it comes to one's overall well-being. 

So when the employee decided to take sick leave for mental health reasons, the CEO's response was a great sign of progress at the executive level.

USA Today reports:

"When an employee shared an email from her CEO on Twitter, she sparked an important conversation about mental health.

Madalyn Parker, a web developer who suffers from chronic depression and anxiety, sent an email to her team saying she’d be off two days to focus on her mental health.

She used sick time. She said on Twitter she wanted to be specific with her team about using her sick time for mental health so other employees can feel comfortable doing it too.

Ben Congleton, her CEO at live-chat platform Olark, did the opposite of what most employees expect following such a request — he thanked her for shedding light on the importance of good mental health.

'You are an example to us all, and help cut through the stigma so we can all bring our whole selves to work,' he said in an email. 

For the rest of the story, check out the USA Today piece here.


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